If I could, I would wear dresses every day for the rest of my life and would not mind one bit. During my primary school days, we were permitted to wear ‘colored dress‘ on Wednesdays. On one such Wednesday, in the first grade, I remember refusing to remove my suit jacket even though we were playing under the blistering sun. The reason being, in my little head, I thought that the suit dress I was wearing looked identical to the one Lady Diana wore in one of the magazine pictures, and I was — and still am — a huge fan of people’s princess Diana for her philanthropic work and her fashion choices. Looking back now, I realize that my admiration of Lady Diana’s style and Enid Blyton through her Famous Five books laid the foundation for what would later become my obsession with British things.
“… If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more”.
Any Jane Austen fan would know that I am quoting Mr. Knightley from the novel ‘Emma’. Emma Woodhouse is a difficult character to like, but the book has to be one of Austen’s wittiest novels. But, today’s blog post is not dedicated to Emma the novel, but actually to ‘Emma’ the movie, that released in February of this year. If there ever was a movie, watching which I dearly wished to reach through the screen and steal the costumes, it’s this one. I adore every dress, every spencer jacket, pelisses and bonnets, oh my, those gorgeous bonnets with lace linings that the titular character wears in this movie. A special thank you to the movie’s costume designer Alexandra Byrne.
So, inspired by the gorgeous dresses of the movie, I thought – why not create my own Emma’s world in my garden and pretend that I am one of the characters in Austen’s novel. At least, I could get to wear the dress that’s been sitting in my closet since winter waiting for spring so that it can be taken out. With the current scenario, we all know that that’s not gonna happen anytime soon.
Emma mostly has pastel palettes for her dresses throughout the movie, save for her pelisses which are in bright colors. My favourite has to be that stunning yellow pelisse that she dons in the movie poster. Here’s my take on the puffed sleeve dresses with their ruffled necks that are reminiscent of the regency era.
Got nowhere to dress up and go to, courtesy COVID-19? Just put on your dressiest dress, brew some tea (Or coffee if that’s your choice), put your favourite cookies/biscuits on a plate, unfurl a picnic blanket in your garden/balcony, open your favourite book and imagine yourself soaking up the sun in the English countryside of a bygone era.
The dress is from Jill Stuart.
If you are also a fan of the vintage dresses, but doesn’t want to look like you just stepped out of a period movie, I have rounded up some of my favourite styles which serves the purpose but which you can also use as an everyday dress.
The brand that pops before my eyes the second I think about dreamy, pastel dresses with puffed sleeves is LoveShackFancy, a New York city based lifestyle brand. Here are a few of my favourite pieces.
A few more dreamy dresses for you guys.
Happy dress up, and do share your favourites in the comment section below.